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Latino Arts Festival

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24

Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the Children’s Museum! Join us in recognizing Latinx Americans’ contributions to art and culture. Smell and taste the variety of colorful vegetables and herbs used to create sofrito—a staple in Puerto Rican and other Latino dishes and hear the story of Latin jazz composer Tito Puente, the Mambo King. Meet cartoonist Ivan Velez to create your own fantastical comic book characters and learn Afro-Colombian and Indigenous dances from Colombia dancer Melissa Escano.

Sofrito Remix!
Smell and taste the variety of colorful vegetables and herbs used to create sofrito—a staple in Puerto Rican and other Latino dishes. Use it to season stews, sauces, rice, and more. Take home your own sample of sofrito and enjoy other delicious bites in this hands-on workshop.
Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24 | 11am & 12pm | Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*

Storytelling: Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo
Dance along as Museum Educators share the vibrant life of Puerto Rican Mambo musician and Latin jazz composer Tito Puente, the Mambo King, in Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo by Monica Brown and Rafael Lopez.
Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24 | 11am & 4pm | All ages |Drop-in

New Characters, New Universes with Artist Ivan Velez
Latino cartoonist Ivan Velez shares his 30-plus years as a cartoonist for Milestone, Marvel, DC and independent comics, as well as his life as a popular teaching artist. Join Ivan as he helps you create your own fantastical comic book characters and universe in both American and Manga style!
Saturday, September 23 | 2 & 3pm | Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*

With Roots and Rhythms of Afro-Colombia
Dancer Melissa Escano, a Colombian native, shares the rhythm of Mapale and Bullerengue—Afro-Colombian and Indigenous dances from Colombia. Through performance and interactive dance workshop get a taste of Colombia’s rich culture.
Sunday, September 24 | 2 & 3pm | All ages| Ticketed**

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

**Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

Target Free First Friday Night

Come play for FREE at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan during Target Free First Friday Nights – every first Friday of the month.

With five fabulous floors of fun on West 83rd Street, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a destination for delight, discovery, and learning! We create experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and humanities to ensure children thrive at home, at school, and in the community. Our hands-on learning environments, programs, and curricula are all produced through an alchemy of fun, research, and museum science.

CMOM Comic Con

October 7  October 9

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Cue the Theme Music! Superheroes in Training
Prepare for the challenge of being a superhero! Train through a series of obstacle course games and come up with special movements inspired by superhero theme music from your favorite movies and shows.
Saturday & Sunday, October 7 — 9 | 10:30 and 11:30 am | All ages | Drop-In

CMOM’s Comic Book Maker
Collage panel squares, speech balloons and thought bubbles as you draw your very own comic book using CMOM’s Comic Book Maker.
Saturday, October 7 & Monday, October 9, 2017| 11am & 12pm | Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*
Sunday, October 8 | 11am, 12, 2, 3, and 4pm | Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*

Caped Crusaders
Design your own cape – complete with a unique logo!
Saturday & Sunday, October 7 — 9 | 10am and 1pm | Ages 5 & younger |Drop-in

Dynamic Dance Challenge with “The School at Steps”
“Dance is a superpower. Everybody has it. But only a few are brave enough to unleash it.”
Join “The School at Steps” in a wonder-filled dance class for boys and girls. Using the super-powers of shape-shifting, agility, superhuman strength and imagination, students fly to new heights in this innovative 45-minute class.
Saturday, October 7 | 2 & 3pm| All ages | Ticketed**

Puerto Rican Superheroine—La Borinqueña
Comic book writer and creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez introduces you to the newest superhero from Brooklyn, NY here to help Puerto Rico! Celebrate your own culture and heritage as Edgardo helps you design your own superhero comic book cover!
Monday, October 9 | 2 & 3pm| Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*

 

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

**Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

Tinga Tinga Tanzania

October 14 — 15

Tinga Tinga Painting
Tinga Tinga is a dot based form of painting that comes from East Africa. The subjects of the paintings are often wild animals. In our Tinga Tinga class, we will be using a variety of painting tools to do our animals. The walls will be covered in vibrant Tinga Tinga paintings, sure to inspire many masterpieces.
Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15 | 11 am, 12, 2, 3, & 4pm | Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*

Meet the Author: Adventures of Princess Halima: Exploring The Wilderness of Tanzania
Authors YaAdam and Jainaba Fye will share the story of an African princess, Princess Halima from Afia as she learns about Tanzania. Princess Halima’s adventures include hiking Mount Kilimanjaro and a trip to Serengeti National Park.
Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15 | 1pm | All ages | Drop-in

Felt Fish Fun
Zanzibari cuisine is largely tied to the island’s fishing. Learn to count with our fuzzy felt aquarium! Maybe you can get as good at counting fish as a Zanzibari fisherman.
Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15 | 3pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in 

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Zensational Zombies

October 21

Stuffed Zombies?
Create your own little fabric zombie! Design your zombie with different green textures like felt and crinkle paper, then stuff it with pink stuffing to make it soft and squishy.
Saturday, October 21 | 10am & 1pm | Ages 5 & younger | Drop-in

Dance like a MonStar with Steps on Broadway
Students from Steps on Broadway’s Professional Training Programs will entertain you with a ghost-ifying performance celebrating this ghoulish holiday. Share your best zombie-esque arabesque with us!
Saturday, October 21 | 2 & 3pm| All ages | Ticketed**

Ewww, Your Gross Biology!
Make your own gross fake wounds, scabs and blisters as you discover how the body is constantly fighting off germs—keeping our bodies healthy and repairing damage done to it.
Saturday, October 21 | 11am & 12pm | Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

**Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.

Diwali: Festival of Lights

October 22, 2017

Celebrate Diwali, the Indian festival of Lights. Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. It coincides with the Hindu New Year and celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Join us and our friends from The Culture Tree for a day of festivities exploring Indian Arts and this special holiday.

Storytelling: Bhakti Mathur’s Amma, Tell Me About Diwali!
“Amme Tell Me” is a series of children’s books that introduces major Hindu festivals and figures. Enjoy the rhyming and vivid colors as Museum Educators share Bhakti Mathur book, Amma, Tell Me About Diwali!
Sunday, October 22 | 11am & 4pm | All ages | Drop-in

Culinary Workshop: Making Mithai with Chef Anu Sehgal
What is Diwali without sweets? Sweets or Mithai form an integral part in the celebration of Diwali. Chef Anu Sehgal will show you how to prepare some of these sweets in this interactive workshop. Tastings provided!
Sunday, October 22 | 12pm |Ages 6 & older |Sign-up*

Block Printing Workshop
India has been renowned for its printed and dyed cotton cloth and the creative processes. In this segment Designer Shaazma Husain, an Educator of The Culture Tree will help you print and create your own textile using traditional Indian designs.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 1pm | Ages 6 & older |Sign-up

Rangoli Sand Art
Explore lines, patterns and colors as you create a sand design inspired by the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali!
Sunday, October 22| 1pm | Ages 5 & younger |Drop-in

Bollywood Dance with Megha Sariya
Bollywood dance is a beautiful blend of many Indian dance styles: classical, folk and also R&B and hip hop. Head Dance Teacher of The Culture Tree, Megha, will show you how to dance to melodious Indian movie music and songs.
Sunday, October 22 | 2pm| All ages | Drop-in

*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

Annual Gala 2017

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan will host our annual, adults-only fundraising event celebrating a year’s worth of joyful environments and programs that promote fun and learning here at the Museum and throughout New York City!

Proceeds from this event help fund the programs and services we deliver to 350,000 people each year at the Museum and through outreach programs at schools, libraries, homeless shelters, Head Start centers and hospitals. We look forward to enjoying this celebratory evening with you and other friends of the Museum.

If you are interested in joining the event committee or sponsoring this event, please contact Associate Director of Individual Giving Melissa DeCesare at mdecesare@cmom.org, or 212-721-1223 x235.

Magical S.T.E.A.M. Halloween

October 28, 29 & 31

Explore the magical side of Halloween; is it a trick or a treat? Learn the science and secrets behind illusions, explore the science of sound with The Little Rockers Band and if you’re lucky, perhaps Justin the Magician will share some of his secret tricks. All this and more when you join our weekend Halloween celebration and Halloween day activities.

Halloween Rocks! With The Little Rockers Band
The Little Rockers Band
brings their interactive rock show to CMOM with a (not too) spooky selection of songs to celebrate their favorite holiday of the year. They’ll perform some favorites as well as some Halloween classics that will have everyone dancing, singing and playing along with the band.
Saturday, October 28 | 2 & 3pm| All ages | Drop-in

Justin the Magician
Join Justin the Magician for a spooky-goodtime! Discover funny and unexpected surprises during this Halloween-inspired magic show!
Sunday, October 29 | 2 & 3pm | All ages | Ticketed**

Musical Halloween Costume Parade and Dance Party
Show off your Halloween costume by joining a parade around the entire Museum. Join us at the end of the parade for a Halloween dance party in our newest exhibit, Let’s Dance!
Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29 | 11am & 4pm | All ages | Drop-in
Tuesday, October 31 | 11am & 4pm | All ages| Drop-in

Wacky Witches: Halloween Creatures
Halloween is known for finding wizards, witches and creatures roaming through the night! Create your own wacky creature to scare off the ghosts, ghouls and goblins!
Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29 | 10am & 1pm | Ages 5 & younger |Drop-in
Tuesday, October 31 | 10am & 1pm | Ages 5 & younger |Drop-in

Illuminating Illusions
Explore the science behind the magic! Find out how the world’s most famous magicians trick you into believing the unbelievable.
Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29| 11am, 12, 2, 3 and 4pm| Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*
Tuesday, October 31| 11am, 12, 2, 3 and 4pm| Ages 6 & older| Sign-up*

Magical Halloween S.T.E.A.M Lab
Explore a variety of science experiments, like making a toy ghost that actually floats on its own or making a jack-o-lantern face magically appear on a pumpkin!
Saturday & Sunday, October 28 & 29 | 3pm | Ages  & younger |Drop-in
Tuesday, October 31 | 3pm | Ages 5 & younger |Drop-in   


*Due to limited space, this program requires you to sign-up for entry. Sign-up in the lobby one hour before the event.

**Due to limited space, this free event requires tickets for entry. Pick up your tickets in the lobby one hour before the event.